HL Deb 18 October 1995 vol 566 cc95-6WA
Lord Gainford

asked Her Majesty's Government:

When they intend to respond to the House of Commons Health Committee's Third Report on Breast Cancer Services.

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health (Baroness Cumberlege)

The Government have today laid their response to this report in the House. The Government warmly welcome the committee's report, particularly its commendation of the achievements of the National Health Service Breast Screening Programme and its support for the new strategic framework for the development of cancer services.

The Government are very concerned about the United Kingdom's high mortality rate from breast cancer, and are fully committed to reducing the number of deaths. That is why we introduced the national breast screening programme—one of the first of its kind in the world—and have included this as a target in the Health of the Nation. Through our strategic framework for cancer services we aim to ensure the delivery of high quality treatment and care.